Creating A Wild Garden With San Diego Native Succulents 

Succulents were the biggest home gardening trend of 2017 but nothing beats the natural beauty of wild succulents in the San Diego area.  These plants are very well adapted to the area’s sunny climate and clay soil type. Etiolation can be a common sight in the wild, so some of these plants probably aren’t as pretty in real life as they might look in pictures, although they certainly make their mark with fierce determination and perseverance.

Native plant-inspired landscaping

In some cases, San Diego residents may be able to find the same variety of cacti they see in the wild and described below for home planting. After all, these plants are naturally suited to the area, and they’re especially resistant to the recent drought conditions. Some things to consider before adding them to your home include sunlight and adequate drainage concerns. These plants typically do well in containers or landscaped areas. Most require only minimum care and few specialized tools and garden supplies.

San Diego Barrel cactus – A distinctive shape

Ferocactus viridescens is widespread in southern California, from coast to inland areas. This plant is easy to recognize because of its notable ball shape. Long spikes just about obscure the greenery of it. The San Diego barrel cactus can produce small yellow flowers. The plant grows about a foot high and equally wide, and it thrives in soil that’s sandy or rocky as long as drainage is good.

Coastal Cholla – Towering beauty

Cylindropuntia prolifera has round shaped waxy green or gray-green leaves. Clusters of spikes that look like toothpicks are probably enough to keep most folks from daring to touch it. When it blooms, coastal cholla makes lovely pinkish red flowers with yellow-green centers. It’s a low growing plant found close to the sea. In the wild, it can grow ten feet high and about five feet wide.

The delicate Cliff Spurge

The small green oval shaped leaves of the Euphorbia misera are hairy and creased in the middle. The plant produces petite, compact flowers that sport concentric rings of white, purple, and yellow. This succulent is pretty hard to spot in the wild but is most likely found closer to the shore and in steeper terrain. It grows to about three feet high and three feet wide, although may be closer to the ground if found very close to the ocean because of heavy wind activity.

Coastal Prickly Pear – A traditional-looking cactus

Opuntia littoralis looks very similar to coastal cholla in the shape of its leaves, placement of its spikes, and design of its flowers. It grows best in scrub and chaparral areas. Flowers are yellow or red and tend to show up in small groups. The coastal prickly pear grows to about three and a half feet high when growing wild and prefers full sun.

Garden inspiration can be found anywhere. There’s something special about identifying and adopting local, native plants. Succulents like these are a good choice for avid as well as novice or unskilled gardeners.


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